Regarding Frank Capra: Audience, Celebrity, and American Film Studies, 1930-1960

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Januar 2005



Using extensive archival research in fan mail, fan magazines, army services and educational records, Smoodin explores the different reception of Capra films with different popular audiences, and how the films meanings were marshalled to a variety of natio


Introduction: Audiences, film studies and Frank Capra; The national and the local: Ballyhoo and the United States film audience; Regulating national markets: Chinese censorship and The Bitter Tea of General Yen; Film education and quality entertainment for children and adolescents; This business of America: Mr Smith, John Doe and the politicized viewer; Coercive viewings: Soldiers and prisoners watch movies; Politics and pedagogy near the end of a career: From feature films to television production; Conclusion: The contemporary Capra


Eric Smoodin is Professor of American Studies at the University of California, Davis. His books include "Animating Culture: Hollywood Cartoons From the Sound Era," "Disney Discourse: Producing the Magic Kingdom," and "Hollywood Quarterly: Film Culture in Postwar America, 1945-1957 "(with Ann Martin).


"In a delightfully readable book full of personality and wit, Eric Smoodin rethinks audience and reception theory. He demonstrates that film culture extends from the settings of the movie theater and film industry to other, less obvious but equally important, sites." Lisa Cartwright, co-author of Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture " ... an engrossing work and one that should contribute immensely to these prominent questions of audience reception and the academic film studies agenda. It is also a book worthy of the director's contribution to American cinema and should be invaluable reading for film scholars of all persuasions."--Jrnl of American Studies, August 2006
EAN: 9780822333845
ISBN: 0822333848
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2005
Seitenanzahl: 301 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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